Advanced Blog is dead! Long live… everything else!
A few years ago, while working on MrsRiley.com, I needed to build a nice little display of user blogs. I wanted these laid out by author, for the blogs to have descriptions, maybe some nice navigation, etc. At the time there were a few modules offering pieces of what I needed, but not everything. There were also conflicts amongst those modules, so using them all together was a no-go.
Enter Advanced Blog. I hadn’t yet released a module on drupal.org, and here was the perfect chance to offer something people would actually use. My first priority was getting all the existing functionality from the other modules to work together. At first I had hoped to update those modules and/or write some glue to get them to play nice. That didn’t really work out.
The existing modules were unmaintained and written by three separate authors. I’ll leave the disparity to your imagination. So I began by taking their functionality and building it into my own module (gotta love open-source). Then I added in the missing features. It was only a couple days of coding and cleanup followed by the excruciating process of getting my CVS license so that I could actually post the project page.